When you look at your bookshelves, do you see diversity? Whose stories are being told? How are you reading them? Tune in for our panel discussion on reading and writing habits, and how the world can benefit when we broaden our reading horizons.
Featuring Holly Ainley, book buyer for Jarrold; Hannah Chukwu, assistant editor at Hamish Hamilton (Penguin); writer and activist So Mayer; and young reader and Lit Insider, Amelia Platt.
Registration for this event is free – book now to receive a streaming link direct to your inbox in advance of the event.
Part of Chrysalis: Transforming. Thinking. Writing – a day of events programmed by young people, reflecting on 2020 and a year spent apart.
About the speakers
Holly Ainley is the manager and buyer for Jarrold book department and programmer for the store’s literary events. She began her career as a bookseller in Brighton, going on to train as a literary scout for numerous foreign publishers, before becoming an editor of literary fiction at independent publisher Myriad Editions and later commissioning for The Borough Press at HarperCollins. She has also worked as Marketing Manager for poetry publisher Nine Arches Press and contributed to the Open University’s Creative Writing MA syllabus, speaking on editing and publishing. Holly is the reviewer for BBC Radio Norfolk’s monthly book club. She lives in Norwich. Tweets @hollyainley
Hannah Chukwu is an Assistant Editor at Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Randomhouse. Tweets @HannahChukwu
So Mayer is a writer and activist. Their books include Political Animals, From Rape to Resistance and The Cinema of Sally Potter. Their writing about queer and feminist film features in Sight & Sound, The F-Word, cléo and Literal, and their essays feature in Roxane Gay’s Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture and At the Pond: Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies’ Pond. After a decade in academia teaching film studies and creative writing at Cambridge, Queen Mary, King’s College London and others, they work as a bookseller at Burley Fisher Books and with queer-feminist film curation collective Club des Femmes. So is a Co-Founder of Raising Films, a campaign and community for parents and carers in film. Tweets @Such_Mayer
Amelia Platt is part of NCW’s Lit From the Inside programme 2020. She attends Reepham College.